Traveling Trunks – Bring the Museum to your Classroom!

Traveling Trunks and Kits are an economical way to bring the Museum to YOU! Rental fee is a refundable deposit of $15 per trunk. Trunks include many artifacts and a week of lessons.

Trunk deposits are always refundable, but if you choose to donate your deposit, these funds are used to assist students with economic needs to be able to come on field trips or to Living History Days.

Call 828-253-9231 or email [email protected] for information or to schedule your program or fill out the request form below.

Another way to bring the Museum to YOU is with an In-School Presentation!

A trained museum volunteer or staff person will present any of the above topics in your school. Programs may be presented to as many as 50 students per presentation (some are more hands-on and 25 students would be more appropriate).

Cost is $3 per student. 

Choose a program, traveling trunk/kit, or suggest a custom program. Craft topics may include an extra supply fee.

Available Trunks

Woodland Indians

Learn about the language and culture of the Cherokee and other tribes.

History Detective

Learn about life in the 1800s by investigating a box of real artifacts. What are these things? Use thinking and questioning skills to identify objects.

Civil War (in-person or digital)

One combined trunk filled with clothing and accoutrements representing a Union Army private and Confederate officer, a hoop skirt with hidden pockets for spies, lesson plans, CDs, and books.

Looking for a way to see, hear, and interact with Civil War history without a physical trunk or classroom? This digital trunk includes both Union and Confederate items and perspectives, as well as those of enslaved people and women who also participated in the war. 

 Fibers to Fabric

Students will explore fabrics and fibers such as wool, cotton, flax, and synthetics as well as techniques like spinning and weaving.

Roaring 20s (9th – 12th grade)

The trunk includes 1920s artifacts and lessons on the transforming attitudes, politics, music, and dance of the era.

Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley

Use primary source documents to re-create a portion of the trial of Tom Dooley for the 1866 murder of Laura Foster.